Your Money
2:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma

Mortgage interest rates have spiked recently, causing unease among potential homebuyers.
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Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off?

Dhruv Gupta was quoted a 3.5 percent rate in May while searching for a place to buy in the San Francisco area. Less than two months later, he's looking at 5.2 percent for the same loan. But this trend has not deterred Gupta.

"It's a fact of life," he says. "I mean I can't control them, so what do you do?"

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

NASA Has Shut Down Space Telescope Orbiting Earth

"The Galaxy Next Door" — This composite image of the Andromeda galaxy was produced by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, showing Andromeda's ultraviolet side. NASA sent a decommission command to the space telescope Friday.
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NASA is sending a reliable servant into a retirement that will end with a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in about 65 years. That's the fate that awaits the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the "galaxy hunter" space telescope whose original 29-month mission was extended to more than 10 years.

Along the way, the orbiting system, known as GALEX, helped scientists study how galaxies and stars are born, and how they change over time.

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shock Gives Way To Sadness In Deaths Of 19 Firefighters

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. In Arizona, shock is giving way to sadness and deep appreciation for the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire on Sunday. A candlelight vigil is being held this evening in the city of Prescott, home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. All of the firefighters killed were part of that unit. Karen Takai is with the Southwest Incident Management team, the federal unit now in charge.

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'Hotshot' Firefighters Are Elite, Close-Knit Groups

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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The deaths of the 19 members of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots has drawn focus to these elite units. More than 100 Hotshot crews work around the country and they're often the first line of defense in a major wildfire. These back country firefighters go in with nearly all of their equipment carried on their backs and stay for days at a time.

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Transit Strike Sends Commuters Scrambling In San Francisco

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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For two days now, about 400,000 commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area have had to find an alternate way to get around. Workers for the area's rail system are on strike. The dispute at Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, is over pay, benefit and safety issues. Employees walked off the job early Monday morning as their contract expired. For now, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that most travelers are taking the disruption in stride.

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Around the Nation
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

U.S. Wildfire Season Has Yet To Kick Into High Gear

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 3:51 pm

We have the outlook for wildfire activity for the rest of the year and an assessment of the dramatic but relatively slow season so far.

Middle East
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Syrian Rebel Commander: 'We Need A Lot Of Things'

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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We're into July and still no date has been set for a peace conference on Syria. The United States and Russia announced plans for that conference back in May. And Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart again today, agreeing that it should be held soon.

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Middle East
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'Africa Rising' A Theme Of Obama's Trip To The Continent

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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President Obama is returning home from a week-long trip through Africa, his first extended tour of the continent across three countries. The White House says the itinerary was designed to highlight African democracies and U.S. investment in health, business, and governance. Thoughts of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is now gravely ill, were never far from mind.

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Africa
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Anticipation Builds In Egypt Ahead Of Military's Deadline

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

Protestors in Egypt postponed their deadline by which they wanted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to resign in favor of the Egyptian army's ultimatum. The Egyptian president's supporters, meanwhile, took to the streets in bigger numbers while more members of his staff quit.

Africa
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Morsi Opponent: Muslim Brotherhood Still Needs A Place

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

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Amr Hamzawy is a founder of the Egyptian Freedom Party. The party is a member of the National Salvation Front, the coalition of groups opposed to President Morsi. He joins us now from Cairo. Welcome to the program once again, Dr. Hamzawy.

DR. AMR HAMZAWY: Thank you very much, Robert.

SIEGEL: And let me ask you first: Are there any talks right now between the National Salvation Front and President Morsi to reach an agreement that would avoid the military stepping in on Wednesday?

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